Cash On Delivery Roars Into Thunderbolt Mix

SOUTH Australian visitor, Cash On Delivery, sped into the semi-finals of the Thunderbolt at Grafton when racing to a heat victory there on Sunday night.

SOUTH Australian visitor, Cash On Delivery, sped into the semi-finals of the Thunderbolt (350m) at Grafton when racing to a heat victory there on Sunday night.

The Zambora Brockie-Shilo dog took his recent success to 13 wins in succession with a 19.80 fastest heat win for trainer Cameron Foreshaw and the GH Syndications ownership.

He held off the classy Nangar Jim to win by two and a half lengths.

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Foreshaw sent Cash On Delivery on a rush trip to Grafton to be prepared by John Thomas for the series.

"We had the Murray Bridge Straight Cup as his target, but he tore a monkey muscle back in April and this put him on the sidelines," said Cameron.

"It was a rush to get him right and he had a slip to see if the monkey muscle would hold up. It did, so he was on a plane straight after that."

Cash On Delivery trialled 19.98 at his first look at Grafton.

He goes into next week's semi-finals of The Thunderbolt with other Grafton heat winners Bumpy Gold for Anthony Azzopardi in 19.90, Dino Way in 19.91 for Mick Lalicz, and Cash On Delivery's litter brother Hit The Switch for Shane Whitney in 20.04.

Cash On Delivery has roared into next week The Thunderbolt semi-finals with a slashing heat win

"This is a very fast dog," said Cameron of Cash On Delivery.

"The boys at GH Syndications sent him to us to pre-train as a youngster and while he took some time to find his feet he has become a flying machine.

"He has been close to the Gawler sprint track record a few times and hold the first split record there.

"John (Thomas) said he broke four second for the first section in The Thunderbolt heat and he will need to do that to make his presence felt if he makes it to the final."

The Thunderbolt carries a winner's purse of $75,000.

"You would think there is still some more improvement in him for the semis," said Cameron.

"But, there is still a long way to go to the final."

Plans are for Cash On Delivery to stay in NSW with Thomas and hopefully run in the Cannonball series at Richmond.

"But, we want him back in South Australia for the National Straight Track series at Murray Bridge," said Cameron.

"He goes great up the straight and the National final is being held at Murray Bridge this year at the end of July."

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